Michael Sauter
April 26, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rocky V

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
performer
Talia Shire, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Gant, Burgess Meredith, Tommy Morrison, Sage Stallone, Burt Young
director
John G. Avildsen
Producers
Chartoff-Winkler Productions, Star Partners II Ltd., United Artists (MGM)
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Sylvester Stallone
genre
Drama

We gave it a C-

Like George Foreman, Sylvester Stallone just doesn’t know when to quit. What else could explain this chapter in the Rocky ring cycle, in which the Italian Stallion, bankrupt and permanently punch-drunk, returns to the streets to start over? Since the doctors won’t let him box, Rocky does the next obvious thing: He finds a promising protégé (Tommy Morrison, a real-life heavyweight boxer) and trains him in his image.

Inevitably, Rocky has to fight the kid, in a finale that erupts not inside the ring but, equally inevitably, in the streets. Blow for blow, this is one of Rocky’s better bouts, but it doesn’t come close to redeeming a movie that, for all its hype about recapturing the heart of the original, feels thoroughly obligatory. Rocky V is certainly seems like Rocky’s last hurrah, which may, ironically, inspire more people to catch up with the video. But they’d do better to re-rent the first Rocky and remember this palooka as he was in his prime. C-

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